Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Queer Farmer Field Day

If you are in California, check out this event coming up! The Queer Farmer Film Project short will be shown, along with several other films. 

The Rainbow Chard Alliance, Apprenticeship Program at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), and the UCSC Lionel CantĂș LGBTI Resource Center are hosting our second annual


Queer Farmer Field Day

Saturday, June 19th

At the UC Santa Cruz Farm


You are invited to come celebrate the summer with other

LGBTQ and supportive gardeners, farmers, and food lovers.

All sexual/gender identities welcome

Festivities from 2 to 9 pm.

 Farm Tours @ 2 & 5 PM

 Workshops (Beekeeping, Fermenting, Pickling, & more!)

 Work Party

 Potluck Dinner @ 6 PM

 Live Music and Films


All participants will be encouraged to bring their own gloves and garden tools, plate for dinner, and food to share. The CASFS apprentices will provide one large dish to serve to the group at dinner. Families and youth welcome. Unfortunately, no pets will be allowed on the farm during this event. 


More about our sponsoring organizations:

Rainbow Chard Alliance is an autonomous group of Queer Farmers' working to redefine the family farm, fight for issues around both social justice and food justice, and promote local, sustainable, organic food consumption in our communities! To join our listerve email 

The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system. To find more information about CASFS, visit our website at and our blog at

The Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture provides training in the concepts and practices of organic gardening and small-scale farming alongside issues of Social Justice within our food system. This full-time program is held at the Center's 25-acre Farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden on the UCSC campus.

UCSC's Cantu Queer Center provides a comprehensive range of educational, informational, and advocacy services and works to create and maintain a safe, inclusive multicultural environment for UCSC's GLBTI students, staff, faculty, and alumni.  For more information go to

Directions to the Farm

To reach the UCSC campus -

Via Highway 17 south from San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area -

* Cross the mountains on Highway 17 and proceed to Santa Cruz.
* Take the "Highway 1 North, Half Moon Bay" exit off of Highway 17.
* Follow the signs for Highway 1/Half Moon Bay onto Mission St. (Highway 1 North).
* Turn right on Bay Street and follow it onto the UC Santa Cruz campus, where it becomes Coolidge Drive.
* (Note to reach Highway 17 from 101, take 101 south to Route 85 south to Highway 17 south.)

Via Highway 1 from the south -

* Follow the signs to Highway 1 North/Half Moon Bay. This will put you on Mission St. (Highway 1 North).
* Turn right on Bay Street and follow it onto the UC Santa Cruz campus, where it becomes Coolidge Drive.

Via Highway 1 from the north:

* Highway 1 becomes Mission St. as you enter Santa Cruz.
* Turn left on Bay Street and follow it onto the UC Santa Cruz campus, where it becomes Coolidge Drive.

Via the Santa Cruz Metro Service:

* Bus lines coming into Santa Cruz will deposit you at the Greyhound station. Walk next door to the Santa Cruz Metro Station and look for the University 1 bus.
* Once on campus, get off at the Campus Facilities stop and follow the directions below.

Once you are on the UC Santa Cruz campus -

To reach the Center's Farm facility — LOOK FOR SIGNS

* Just past the campus's main entrance you'll see a pullout at an information kiosk where you can purchase a temporary guest parking permit (no permit needed after 5 pm or on weekends).
* After purchasing your permit, continue up the hill and turn right at the Carriage House/Campus Facilities parking lot (the first right you can make past the kiosk). The Farm is a 5-minute walk across the street from the parking lot.
* Walk across Coolidge and follow the signs that say Center for Agroecology/Farm Pedestrians.
* Walk 1/4 mile up the gravel road that parallels the paved bike path to a short set of stairs and a wooden entrance gate. PLEASE BE CAREFUL NOT TO WALK ON THE PAVED BIKE PATH! BIKES COME DOWN THE HILL RAPIDLY AND CAN INJURE YOU!

For directions, call 831.459-4140 (pre-recorded), 459-3240